Even though we’re still months away from the College Football season beginning, it’s never to early to prepare for the daily college football season. Staying up to date with the players in the offseason means you’ll hit the ground running from week #1. I actually play more games and risk more money during weeks 1 – 4 of the college football season because many grinders aren’t familiar with the players ++ the daily fantasy sites often have salaries that are way off. Towards the end of the year, it becomes obvious who the good players are – so your edge actually gets worse. So with that in mind, here’s a small list of QBs that I’m keeping an eye on in the offseason during the teams spring games.
TCU – Trevone Boykin
Recently had a procedure on his wrist and didn’t participate in the teams spring game. He is considered a 2015 Heisman Trophy candidate.
Alabama – Jake Coker
Media outlets seem to be awarding Coker the job, but 6 QBs ended up taking snaps in the teams spring game last Saturday …. so things are likely going to be decided later on. With the exit of top WR Amari Cooper, it might be difficult of the Bama QBs to rack up big yardage this season – whoever the starting QB ends up being.
Tennessee – Joshua Dobbs
Got the job late last season, and lead the Volunteers to a 4-1 record as a starter. Looks like he’s the guy this season and will be a viable fantasy option nearly every game. He’s a true dual threat passing/running QB
Cal – Jared Goff
Was a beast in many games last season as he was required to throw 40, or 50 times on some occasions. Backup QB Luke Rubenzer stole some snaps …. and often cost the team with turnovers/interceptions. It appears that Rubenzer is playing safety this spring – and the head coach said if he can contribute “20 plays per game at safety, he’ll stay there.” That should be a positive for Goff – and I’d look to start him early in daily leagues especially if the DFS have him priced below average.
Auburn – Jeremy Johnson
Got some spot starts/snaps last season and did ok. Apparently he’s not the ‘for-sure’ starting QB yet, but I’d be surprised if he didn’t open the year as the starting QB. Unless he’s playing a cupcake team, I’d take a wait-and-see approach to starting Johnson in daily leagues.
USC – Cody Kessler
Last season you could roll with Cody against many of the weaker defense in the Pac-12. He had 39 TDs last season, we’ll see if he’s able to match that performance again, but Kessler does have the experience. Backup QB Max Browne could emerge as a sleeper starter if Kessler were to falter or get injured during the season.
Looks like Everett Golson and Malik Zaire will be locked in a QB battle unless Golson were to transfer before the start of the season. Both will be viable starting QBs – although the ND players tend to be a bit overpriced due to the exposure the team has.
The team has a trio of QBs at the moment, but I expect Braxton Miller to transfer before the season begins if it doesn’t look like he’s going to be the starter. The fantasy play here is to just see how the competition plays out. I think it might be risky to start the OSU starting QB week one – because it’s possible the team rolls with a QB split. There’s still plenty of time to see how this one plays out.
Missouri – Maty Mauk
Apparently he lost 10lbs from last season in an effort to be more mobile in the pocket. During the teams spring game, he showed off some of his running ability with 40 yards rushing. He finished 7-11 and 1TD. Mauk was a viable QB many weeks last season, and will be again this season. He’s a bit inconsistent – and can take sacks (and lose yardage) but being a year older/wiser could improve his daily fantasy stock this season.
Mississippi State – Dak Prescott
He was a beast last season, and one of the few non-Pac12 QB’s you could rely on most weeks in daily college fantasy football. During the teams spring game on Saturday, Dak lit it up for 231 … but of course that’s part of the plan, and he wasn’t supposed to be touched in the game. He’ll likely head into the daily CFB season as the #1 QB and the most expensive – so he’ll have to produce at a high level to provide much value.
Arizona – Anu Solomon
He was solid in the teams spring game, with 175 yards and 2 TDs. Solomon was startable most weeks last year against the PAC-12 defenses and will likely be a great QB to roll with most weeks in 2015.
Georgia Tech – Justin Thomas
A classic option QB who often has more rushing attempts than passing attempts in games. He’s a nice sleeper option at QB early in the season as his value might fly under the radar of daily fantasy sites. Thomas had a very light workload in the teams spring game on Saturday …. throwing only one pass. I believe this is validation how much GT will rely on him, as they are trying to keep him 100% healthy heading into the season.
Clemson – Deshaun Watson
Watson had about 4 good games last season, and if he can stay healthy – can be a very solid daily fantasy QB most weeks. Some outlets have him as a Heisman candidate, but it’s likely too soon to make that call.